California Chrome made 3-5 favorite for Belmont

California Chrome made 3-5 favorite for Belmont

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California Chrome arrives at Belmont Park California Chrome arrives at Belmont Park
California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the second leg of the Triple Crown as he runs away with the 139th Preakness Stakes, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore, MD. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images) California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the second leg of the Triple Crown as he runs away with the 139th Preakness Stakes, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore, MD. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for Longines/AP Images)

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- California Chrome is the 3-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown champion.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will break from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Belmont Park. Eleven Belmont winners have come out of that post, the last being Tabasco Cat in 1994.

Wicked Strong was the 6-1 second choice and drew post No. 9 on Wednesday. The colt finished fourth after an unlucky trip in the Derby and sat out the Preakness.

Tonalist was made the third betting choice at 8-1 odds and will break from the No. 11 post.

Eleven horses were entered to take on California Chrome in his bid to win the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978.

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